THE ALBUM IS DONE!
Left to Right - Hugh McDonald, David Bryan, Tico Torres, John Shanks producer, Jon Bon Jovi, Phil X.
Photo by David Bergman
By WAYNE PARRY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
TOMS RIVER, NJ — May 10, 2016, 7:10 PM ET
Jon Bon Jovi knows he can’t help society by curing cancer or splitting atoms. But he can use his celebrity to command the attention of millions of people, including some of the wealthiest and most powerful.
The Sayreville, New Jersey-born rocker and his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, are joining with local charities and wealthy fellow philanthropists to tackle hunger and poverty in a shore town that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
He and his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation held a grand opening Tuesday for the B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together. The center includes the second JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant, where those in need can do volunteer work for their meals, and paying customers donate toward the cost of the volunteers’ food by purchasing a “Pay It Forward” certificate. The first one opened in Red Bank in 2011.
The center in Toms River is designed as a one-stop facility to help people apply for nutritional assistance benefits and health care, and get culinary-related job training.
The singer best known for rock anthems like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name" and “Wanted Dead Or Alive” said hunger is something he can actually do something about.
“We didn’t need scientists to find a cure,” he said. “There are so many wonderful causes and so many passionate people that are addressing them. We have been inspired by so many of our in-need neighbors who have come seeking help.”
He and several others active with the center said one of its main goals is not just to feed the lines at food pantries but also to permanently shorten them.
“We serve people with dignity,” added his wife, Dorothea. “You get great food and volunteer for the meal, and we ask our paying customers to pay it forward and pay for the volunteers’ meals. That’s part of our sustainability model.”
Bon Jovi said many area residents are still recovering from Sandy and don’t have enough nutritious food to eat. But he said the need predated the storm in Ocean County, where one in five residents is low-income or lives in poverty.
“This is happening across our nation,” he said. “When there’s 15 percent of children going to be hungry at night in a nation like ours, that’s not an issue it takes a scientist to solve.”
Toms River was one of the hardest-hit communities during Sandy, which struck Oct. 29, 2012. The nearby Ortley Beach section was devastated, and many homes and businesses still have not been rebuilt as the fourth summer after the storm approaches.
Bon Jovi is partnering with the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation to provide $5 million in services to needy families in the B.E.A.T. Center’s first year of operation.
The center joins other charitable endeavors undertaken by Bon Jovi, including the construction of 440 units of affordable housing for homeless or low-income families and donations to numerous Sandy relief efforts.
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Help make The B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together) a reality and join the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Peoples Pantry, as we continue helping families of New Jersey combat the issues of food insecurity.
Today we announced the launch of THE BEAT CENTER OCEANFIRST MATCH CAMPAIGN – Bringing Everyone All Together to Fight Hunger. Individual and team incentives include a chance to have your name included in a logo at The B.E.A.T. Center as well as a digital copy sent to your home, and for donations of $10,000 or more—an invitation to attend a VIP reception with Jon Bon Jovi and partners at The B.E.A.T. Center grand opening in Toms River, N.J. Additional local incentives will be announced on the campaign page.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Peoples Pantry (Inspire NJ) joined forces last April to form The B.E.A.T. Center. The B.E.A.T. Center is a community hub where families and individuals in need can access food, job training, and resources to end the cyclical causes of hunger in New Jersey. The “one-stop shop” will serve as a FoodBank satellite location that includes a food distribution center, commercial kitchen, culinary skills training program and community resource center, as well as the permanent home of Peoples Pantry, and a second location of JBJ Soul Kitchen.
Ocean County is New Jersey’s fastest growing county and was “ground zero” for Hurricane Sandy. According to FEMA, over 40,000 structures in the county were damaged or destroyed in the storm – 55% of the state’s total. The creation of The B.E.A.T. Center is in response to the reality that today, more than three years after the storm, there are thousands of families who are still struggling to regain housing, financial stability and to overcome food insecurity—and they are turning to local agencies in record numbers for assistance. The impact of this collaboration is projected to provide $5 million in support to families in need in its first year.
The donation & fundraising campaign will run from March 30th to April 26th for the Grand Prize, and will continue with incentives through the Grand Opening of the facility. For those who don’t reach the top goals, there are still plenty of local and global gift incentives throughout the campaign.
To join the campaign, and start fundraising, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/beat-center-oceanfirst-match-campaign
*About the OceanFirst Foundation Match:
A generous grant from the OceanFirst Foundation is helping to make The B.E.A.T. Center a reality. OceanFirst will match dollar for dollar up to $100,000 and every dollar donated goes directly to The B.E.A.T. Center.
Leading up to Super Bowl 50, taking place this Sunday, we asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter which Bon Jovi songs they’ve heard (or want to hear) at a game. We received a ton of great stories, memories, and of course an awesome list of songs.
Check out the top 5 below:
1. Livin’ On A Prayer
2. It’s My Life
3. Wanted Dead Or Alive
4. You Give Love A Bad Name
5. This Is Our House
Runaway Tours packages for Nashville are on sale NOW! Join us this March in “Music City”, where we’ll be treating a small, exclusive group of fans to an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.Trip packages include:
All events are private for Runaway Tours trip package buyers only
This trip is VERY limited, and will sell out quickly. Visit RunawayTours.com to book your package today!
Backstage JBJ member, Holly Allen met Jon Bon Jovi on a Runaway Tours trip and shared with him how his music has had such an impact on her life and her personal drive while in the Navy over the past 21 years. She reached out to Matt Bongiovi and asked if Jon would consider reenlisting her for her last enlistment. Today, on the top of the Freedom Tower in NYC, Jon made her wish come true. Senior Chief Petty Officer Holly Allen of the United States Navy was officially reenlisted to serve her country one last time before retiring. Congratulations Holly, we were honored to share this special day with you!
Due to overwhelming demand, a second Hope Concert has been added on December 23rd at 9:30PM at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey! This special show will feature Bobby Bandiera, Southside Johnny Lyon, Gary U.S. Bonds and John Cafferty performing alongside Jon Bon Jovi.
Proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, whose mission is to support women during and after cancer treatment.
A very limited number of tickets will go on sale this Friday at 12noon at countbasietheatre.org.
Runaway Tours packages for Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX are on sale NOW!
Trip packages include:
This is the final trip of 2015 and space is very limited. Visit RunawayTours.com to book your package today!
Due to Typhoon Dujuan, which has currently made landfall in Taipei, The Taipei City Central Weather Bureau has made an announcement to cease all school and work on September 29th.
In accordance to this decision, it is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of both “Bon Jovi Live in Taipei 2015” shows, which were scheduled for September 28th and 29th.
Tickets for both shows can be fully refunded. For ticket refund information and procedures, please go to http://ticket.ibon.com.tw.
BANGKOK, Thursday, Sept 10th 2015 –
“We’ve toured around the world since 1995 and are excited to reunite with our Thai fans again! See you Tuesday, 15th of September 2015” - Jon Bon Jovi
Singha Corporation and Live Nation BEC-Tero are proud to announce that Bon Jovi, one of the most important bands in the history of rock and popular music will rock Bangkok with the most spectacular tour of the season in Singha Corporation Presents Bon Jovi Live in Bangkok. They will perform for Thai fans on Tuesday 15, September 2015 at the Impact Arena Muangthong Thani. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday 12th, September 2015 at www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Internationally celebrated thanks to their huge back-catalogue of anthemic chart-toppers, Bon Jovi carries a history of success for over 30 years. The band became an icon of American rock music, and will shake Thailand with this spectacular show. Fans will be treated to an unforgettable night of Bon Jovi’s huge arsenal of worldwide hits, including ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, 'You Give Love A Bad Name’, 'It’s My Life’, ‘Have A Nice Day, the Grammy winning 'Who Says You Can’t Go Home’, and many more.
Led by iconic charismatic front man Jon Bon Jovi, the band’s legendary career has seen them produce 12 studio albums with more than 130 million records sold worldwide. The band has solidified its reputation of rock royalty and the ultimate concert experience, performing over 2,900 concerts and recognized with 21 music awards including wins at the Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
The endless list of hits, the fact of having one of the best singers of popular music, and the strength of a band that won a place among the greatest through their excellence, all come together to make this a concert experience not to miss!
After performing a sold out show for more then 10,000 fans 25 years ago in Thailand in 1995, Singha Corporation and Live Nation BEC-Tero are excited to repeat the successful Bon Jovi experience in Singha Corporation Presents Bon Jovi Live in Bangkok at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.
“We are proud to be presenting Bon Jovi Live in Thailand and excited to share this amazing rock experience with the Thai fans.” Neil Thompson – CEO – Live Nation BEC-Tero
Don’t miss a spectacular performance in Bangkok this 15 September! Tickets will be available at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets and www.thaiticketmajor.com.
“We’ve toured around the world since 1995 and are excited to reunite with our fans in Thailand again! See you Tuesday, September 15th.” - Jon Bon Jovi
DATE: Sept. 15
LOCATION: Bangkok, Thailand
VENUE: IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani
TICKET ON SALE (EDT TIME): Sept 11 at 11PM EDT
TICKET ON SALE (LOCAL TIME): Sept 12 at 10AM ICT (GMT + 7)
TICKETING SITE: www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Bon Jovi Tours Inc. has announced that Jon Bon Jovi & the Kings of Suburbia will perform at Rogers Arena on Saturday, August 22.
WHO: JON BON JOVI & THE KINGS OF SUBURBIA
WHAT: Concert for fans with tickets to cancelled Stanley Park show
WHERE: Rogers Arena
800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
WHEN: Saturday, August 22, 2015
6:30pm – doors open
8:00pm – performance
Paul Korzilius of Bon Jovi Management states:
“Ever since we were forced to announce the cancellation of Stanley Park, Paper Rain Performances has perpetuated confusion and misinformation. Through it all, it has been Jon’s main concern that he find a way to make good on that promoter’s failed attempt to put on the show. Finally, the stage is set and we can confidently announce that all proper pieces are in place for a great show. Vancouver is a special city for Jon, who recorded three albums and given countless performances here. The task of relocating could not have been possible without Rogers Arena’s support. We also commend our partners, Tourism Vancouver and Tickets Tonight for their quick, diligent work. As we said on Monday, Jon has always been willing, able and excited to perform on Saturday – now it’s real.”
The show is open to all fans who purchased tickets to the cancelled Stanley Park show. Ticket holders are advised to bring their tickets with them to Rogers Arena and they will be assigned to a seating section according to the ticket level previously purchased. No additional tickets will be sold.